Leading toward the future
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General Manager and CEO
Michele Richards was named OC Fair & Event Center’s General Manager and CEO on Dec. 12, 2019. Prior to that she was the agency’s Vice President of Business Development for more than seven years, leading the marketing, communications, sponsorship, creative services, year-round events and exhibits and education departments. She was also an organizational development consultant to OCFEC for 11 years before joining the staff.
Michele has more than 30 years of leadership experience in a variety of fields including advertising/marketing, organizational development, sales and human resources, including over 15 years managing her own consulting practice.
Ken Karns, CFE
Chief Operating Officer
- Master Site Planning & Capital Projects
- Security & Traffic
- Event Operations
- Facility Operations
- Technology & Production
Ken was introduced to the fair/multi-purpose event center industry at the Western Fair Association some 32 years ago. He has held a number of different positions from Projects and Facilities Manager, Events and Facilities Manager, Property Services Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Facility Development and Vice President – Operations.
Ken’s post-secondary Business/Facility Management and Technical education was completed in London Ontario at Fanshawe College.
Always maintaining his passion for the development of the industry, Ken accepted a position as Chief Operating Office at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, in January of 2016.
Ken overseas Fair, Master Site Planning and Capital Projects, Admissions, Security & Traffic, Event Operations, Facility Operations, and Technology & Production.
He has served on several Boards and committees with IAFE, CAFÉ, TSSA, ASHRAE, IAPA and WSPS. Ken is also on the Board of Directors for the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce.